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A Year of Slow Cooking

Friday, October 4, 2013

Monday thru Friday Slow Cooker Meal Plan for the Fall


In honor of the first Friday in Crocktober, I have put together another meal plan for you. I love the fall, and I of course LOVE Crocktober, but I am beyond relieved that this week is over.

It was a doozy.

next week will be better, though, because I'm going to stick to a game meal plan!

(meatless) Monday: End of Summer Harvest Soup
Tuesday: 20-40 Clove Garlic Chicken
Wednesday: Autumn Sausage Casserole
Thursday: Orange-Apricot Pork Chops
Friday: Chicken Enchilada Chili

Shopping List:
(to print out just the list, use the PRINT button at the bottom of the post and delete any photos and extraneous text)


Apples (2 green or yellow)
Carrots (1/2 cup chopped)
Celery (2 stalks)
Garlic (2-4 heads, up to 40 cloves)
Onions (4 yellow)
Tomatoes, baby (2 cups)
Zuchinni (4 med)
Yellow Crooked Neck Summer Squash (2 med)


Parmesan Cheese (not a lot, for garnishing)
Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese (shredded, to add to Harvest Soup and Enchilada Chili)
Sour Cream (1/2 cup or so for Chili)


4 pounds chicken parts, or 1 roaster chicken
1 1/2 pounds additional chicken for Chili
6 pork chops
1 pound smoked chicken sausage (artichoke garlic or similar, I like Aidells brand)


Pasta (1/2 cup, we use gluten free)
Rice (3 cups already-cooked white or brown rice)
Beans (dry white, 1/3 cup)


2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges
Pasta sauce (1 jar; will need 1 cup)
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with garlic
5 cups chicken or vegetable broth (for soup and for autumn casserole)
1 can enchilada sauce (will need 1 cup; read labels carefully for gluten)


Brown Sugar (1/4 cup)
Raisins (1/2 cup)
1 cup Apricot Jam


Paprika (2 tsp)
Italian Seasoning (1 tablespoon)
Chili Powder (2 tsp)
Cumin (1 tsp)
Parsley flakes (1 tablespoon)
All Spice (1/2 tsp)
Cinnamon (1 tsp)
Ginger (1/4 tsp)
Cloves (1/4 tsp)

Pantry Staples:

Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)
Kosher Salt (2 tsp)
Black Pepper (2 tsp)

The Verdict:

I know that this grocery list is a bit longer than the previous meal plan's -- but everything should be very easy to find in your regular grocery store and hopefully you already own a bunch of the spices!

My eldest daughter turned 12 today. Which really can't be correct, because I am nowhere near old enough to have a 12-year-old. Five years ago I surprised her on her birthday with caramel apples. This year she has braces and can't have them, and has requested sushi for dinner. I'm pretty sure I can't find a way to make sushi in the crockpot...

have a wonderful weekend! Happy Slow Cooking this Crocktober!


Love This Space said...

The Autumn Sausage casserole is one of my FAVORITES! I have yet to make it for anyone else because I make it and gobble it all up myself. SO good! This year, I will make several batches and freeze some of them.

Allie @ Everyday Adventures said...

If you do find a way to make sushi in the Crock Pot, PLEASE SHARE. I love sushi but don't like spending $8 for six pieces at a restaurant!

Quinn said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter :)

Judy said...

Happy birthday to the both of you!

The rice could be made in a crock-pot. Then have a Sushi rolling party. Everyone has to roll their own!

Louise said...

Just wanted to say that I've been following your blog and trying your recipes for a couple of years. THANK YOU for some really great meals, made using your recipes. I appreciate that you write them up with humor, too. You rock!

Dana said...

Thank you so much for this. I love having a plan with the grocery list already done.

Asha Paul said...

LOVE your blog. LOVE IT. Anyway, wanted to let you know that I've posted a link to your blog on my most recent blog post. Which can be found here: I will take it down if you like, just let me know!

lotta joy said...

Wait until your daughter turns FORTY, then you'll know true SHOCK.

Auntie Pam said...

Steph, I love your blog and your recipes. I like the new format of your blog, but I sure do miss the feature of recipes from prior years. I'm not organized enough to have a "rotation" so when I looked at recipes past, it was so much fun to rediscover one we loved.

Stephanie ODea said...

I miss that, too, Pam! The little box that I updated each day stopped working a few weeks ago, so I took it off. I'll see if I can have Jennette work on it! thanks for the nudge.

theunmarrieddaughter said...

Dear Stephanie:
While searching for crockpot menu plans this past week, I stumbled on your site via teh google, and breathed a sigh of relief at finding exactly what I was looking for. Easy recipes that I if I did the prep work the night before, my ageing father could just turn on in the morning. I logged on this past week, only to see you haven't done another of these posts. I would love to see more of these, and if you ever consider a subscription based monthly meal plan service, let me know! I will be the first customer.

Auntie Pam said...

Thank you, Steph!!!!

Housekeeping Fun said...

Really appreciate the book coming out, finally cooking with slow cooker is cool!

Each time I watch a cooking show on TV, the chef emphasize on cooking with ovens instead of other method like slow cooker which can be equally good!.

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